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noblejose

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I'm looking to purchase a NAS to place my nearly 500GB+ music files.. what is the best and affordable way to get started...
(Currently my files are in Laptop and I use 'minimserver' to make those available in network/DLNA - and using 'mconnect lite' player to browse and play to Allo USBridge Signature > Chord Qutest.
Will a basic Synology is good to start with/ or any pi based ones?

thanks,
Noble
 

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I am also in same situation.

I already have pi 4 4GB, was thinking of running openmediavault or any other open nas software with QZ SATA to USB 3.1 Adapter for HDD. I have a 1 TB HDD and 120 GB SSD to try with this.

My requirement is, I should be able to stream HDR, Dolby Vision downloaded movies from it.

If this works, the main advantage I see is, pi draws very less power.
 

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If the general idea is to create server only then HDD can also be connected to modem/router USB port and enable upnp on modem/router.
 

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I am also in same situation.

I already have pi 4 4GB, was thinking of running openmediavault or any other open nas software with QZ SATA to USB 3.1 Adapter for HDD. I have a 1 TB HDD and 120 GB SSD to try with this.
That will work quite well. You just need to enable nfs4 or samba on your pi4. My entire house runs with a pi4 with a 3 Tb disk connected to on its usb3.0 port and the pi4 connected with a lan cable to a gigabit port on the switch. Just make sure that you don't format the drive as NTFS. You an use exfat, ext4, zfs anything, but not NTFS because the linux NTFS driver has very bad performance

NFS4 gives you very good performance for linux clients. But for windows or macbook to be able to access the content on the disk you will need to configure samba. With samba, it doesn't matter what your filesystem is.

Install mpd, the pi4 will become a music server and you can control it from phone, tablet, laptop
Install raspotify the pi4 can play music from spotify and you can control it from phone, tablet, laptop
install kodi the pi4 will become a media server and you can watch movies apart from playing music
install minidlna the pi4 will become a media server and clients can use upnp to access it
install LMS, the pi4 will become a logitech media server
instlal squeezelite the pi4 can be controlled from anywhere and play music
Install shairport-sync, the pi4 becomes an airplay device. However this will not be as good as a real apple hardware.

All above with just apt-get install program_name.

Tried that, but high bit rate movies dont stream well.
Almost all routers are linux based. The trouble with them is that the firmware has been coded in a way to allow only NTFS, FAT or exFAT. This is because of interoperability and less complications for end users. But moment you connect NTFS disk you have drastically reducted the IO performance. See this post https://www.hifivision.com/threads/help-in-building-raspberry-pi-with-dac.87420/post-997994.

For music the router is ok because even for DSD playback you don't require > 100 mbps speed. The routers have a puny processor and is no match for the PI4 processor. So transferring large 4K movie files on a NTFS disk will give you bad performance using the router port.
 
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That will work quite well. You just need to enable nfs4 or samba on your pi4. My entire house runs with a pi4 with a 3 Tb disk connected to on its usb3.0 port and the pi4 connected with a lan cable to a gigabit port on the switch.
Is it an external 3 TB usb hard drive? Or normal SATA HDD connected via sata to usb dock?
 

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Is it an external 3 TB usb hard drive? Or normal SATA HDD connected via sata to usb dock?
It is a seagate usb 3 Tb Sata hard drive inside the seagate enclosure. But what you listed above is exactly what is inside the so called drives that come with an enclosure. One can also buy such enclosures (good quality ones) and hard disk separately. The advantage of doing this DIY is that you can put good quality hard disk.
 
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I did setup this.
I am getting around 60MB/s copying speed to the NAS from a windows 10 PC. Both pi and windows 10 connected to Gigabit ethernet.
Its is 4TB WD Mypassport USB 3.0 HDD formatted as ext4.
 

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I'm looking to purchase a NAS to place my nearly 500GB+ music files.. what is the best and affordable way to get started...
(Currently my files are in Laptop and I use 'minimserver' to make those available in network/DLNA - and using 'mconnect lite' player to browse and play to Allo USBridge Signature > Chord Qutest.
Will a basic Synology is good to start with/ or any pi based ones?

thanks,
Noble
After loads of DIY attempts I picked up a Synology DS 220+. No brainer and buttery smooth operation. It has LAN aggregation as well and RAM can be upgraded (never felt the need to so far). Will be more costly than DIY but will provide ultimate peace of mind. I use 2 X 4TB Ironwolf drives in RAID. If possible try to pick it off line in the local store so that its much cheaper than online prices. I can no longer be blackmailed by Google photos or Apple to buy online space :)
 

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I'm looking to purchase a NAS to place my nearly 500GB+ music files.. what is the best and affordable way to get started...
(Currently my files are in Laptop and I use 'minimserver' to make those available in network/DLNA - and using 'mconnect lite' player to browse and play to Allo USBridge Signature > Chord Qutest.
Will a basic Synology is good to start with/ or any pi based ones?

thanks,
Noble
If you would be interested in experimenting a different path, I would suggest the following. A few audiophiles I know (with very high end systems) have tried this, and find it to sound the best.

Load Euphony operating system on any PC. Hardware requirements are very minimal (it will work with 8 gb ram and even with a pentium processor). Euphony has it's own player/library manager called Stylus.

For your 500gb library, store the files on the interall ssd/hd of the PC, or connect an external hard drive to the PC (using USB).

Connect your PC to the Allo USBridge via usb.

You can google Euphony Audio for more details. I use a similar setup as described above, and it sounds very good.
 
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